When it comes to race, we all know that the language used when discussing it sets the tone.

Good Morning America host Amy Robach recently used language that took us back to the civil rights era when she referred to black people as “colored people”.

In a segment where she and her co host were talking about the controversy surrounding Zendaya being chose to play Mary Jane in the upcoming Spider Man series, Robach said:

“Now we all know Hollywood has received recent and quite a bit of criticism for casting white actors in what one might assume should be a role reserved for colored people.”

The term ‘colored people’ struck a nerve with many, as the phrase has, historically, held negative connotations.


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After receiving some backlash, Robach returned to the air and apologized for the error, saying she meant to say ‘people of color’:

“I sincerely apologize. It was a mistake and is not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life.”

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About The Author Samantha Callender

Samantha Callender is a multimedia journalist whose work ranges from entertainment journalism to pieces highlighting social issues in multicultural communities. Samantha strives to find intersects between entertainment and social matters, believing that pop culture has the power to not only entertain the masses, but to educate them as well. Her goal when storytelling is to write pieces that serve as a catalyst to prompt dialogue and activism. Her work can be seen on VIBE, The Source, Jet Magazine, The Root, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

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